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AdminSeptember 20, 2018
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The 2018 Steam Summer Sale ended over two months ago, but I still can’t stop thinking about the awesome games that were featured during the two-week sale that ended on the 5th of July.

Below you will find a list of the hottest games that were highlighted during this year’s Steam Summer Sale. To those of you, who are fond of adventure and action games, make sure not to miss out on any of these awesome games.

Steam Summer Sale 2018

Prey

Prey, which is developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, is a first-person shooter survival horror video game with a role-playing game element and compelling storyline. As a player, you will get to play as Morgan Yu and climb on board Talos I, a space station that is orbiting the moon.

In the game, you wake up just to find out that most of the people on board the space station are already dead, killed by hostile aliens called Typhon. From then onwards, you will have to choose certain attributes of Morgan and make decisions that could likely affect elements of the story.

In order to beat the Typhon and survive, you will have to control Morgan and collect weapons and resources that are aboard the station.

Cities: Skylines                                                 

Developed by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines is a single-player and open-ended game where you get to play both god and civil engineer and grow a tiny town into an ideal metropolis. You will get to engage in urban planning by means of managing various sectors like zoning, road placement, taxation, public services, and public transportation of a given place.

In Cities: Skylines, you will be pouring hours into putting an end to traffic jams, allocation of neighborhoods, and molding your new area for expansion. You will also be responsible for maintaining the city’s health and employment, budget, and pollution levels.

If you wish, you could also choose to purchase expansion packs so that you could bring more elements into the simulation and make it more fun.

Jackbox Party Pack 1 – 4

The Jackbox Party Pack is a series of party video games that are developed by Jackbox Games. It could be played on several different platforms such as Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV, macOS, and Android devices.

Most games in the Party Packs are developed solely for online play and are ideal to be played with large groups but require just one person to own and launch the game.

In these games, players can engage in humorous clashes of intelligence, humor, trivia, and doodling.

Red Strings Club

The Red Strings Club is an adventure game that is developed by Deconstructeam. It is a story-driven adventure game that tackles the issues of transhumanism, AI, and morality against an unusual cyberpunk setting.

In the game, you will be playing Donovan and will be managing The Red Strings, a secret drinking establishment. Using your skills in bartending and ingenuity, try to uncover a corporate conspiracy to control society.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, also known as PUBG, is an online multiplayer battle Royale-themed game that is developed by PUBG Corporation. It is one of the most popular mobile games today. In PUBG, you join 99 other players in various locations where you pick up weapons, ammo, gear, and vehicles from different points in the area in order to survive. The goal of the game is to be the last one standing among the 100 players in a certain location by taking down other players.

As the game progresses, the battleground gradually shrinks in size, leaving you no choice but to fight unless you want to be taken down.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the third installment of the game that is based on the Polish fantasy novels of the same name.

In The Witcher 3, you get to be the renowned monster hunter named Geralt. Your mission is to look for your adopted daughter and find out about the supernatural Wild Hunt that is also looking for her while also finding your way through a war-torn country and lending help to those in need of your skills.

These are all excellent game choices that will surely be worth your time. If you’re looking for something more, perhaps you might find something interesting at next year’s Steam Summer Sale.


AdminSeptember 18, 2018
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People, regardless of age, love playing on the go. For most of us, having with us our mobile phones, every place seems like a gaming station. So, it is necessary to have mobile gaming compatibility. In simple words, it is important that your device has the right specs in order to run any mobile game efficiently.

Below you will find some of the best gaming phones on the market today. Here they are in no particular order:

1.Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which was released last month, is a very good choice for mobile gaming. It has a big and bright display, with the highest resolution that you could find in the market. It is also backed up by the newest Snapdragon and Exynos CPU: the Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, users will be able to play as many games as they’d like thanks to its massive storage capacity of 512GB, which can be extended up to 1TB using a microSD card.

The device is also powered by a 4,000mAh battery, so users can play for a long time without worries. Of course, this much power and beauty will obviously cost a lot, which I think is its only downer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

2.Apple iPhone X

Throughout the years, Apple has proven that their iPhones are one of the absolute best for games of all kinds. As you can see with the App Store, it is filled with different kinds of apps, which are mostly exclusive to Apple products. Most of the time, iPhone devices get the best games first nearly all the time.

In a nutshell, players can ensure to play as many mobile games and to have the best gaming experience by having the latest iPhone X.

Compared to previous versions, the iPhone X offers a slightly better battery life, having a 2,716mAh battery. Plus, it also has a vivid 5.8-inch OLED display that can offer ample screen space for games and a decent storage capacity of 256GB. Also, iPhones tend to be quite expensive, and that is especially true for the iPhone X.

Apple iPhone X

3.Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Released at the same time as the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 Plus shares the same internals, which makes it a contender for the title Best Gaming Phone in 2018.

The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1920, which is ideal for gaming. Plus, Apple’s A11 Bionic CPU and graphics enable the iPhone 8 Plus to provide a great gaming experience for its users.

The iPhone 8 Plus comes with an AR kit that offers augmented reality games to iPhones, which considerably adds to the gaming experience. If you’re looking for a great gaming phone that is less expensive than the iPhone X, then the iPhone 8 Plus is the one to buy.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

4.Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The latest Samsung Galaxy duo, the Galaxy S9, and the Galaxy S9 Plus are a definite must-have. It offers an incredible gaming experience with its giant screens and high-resolution display. It is powered by Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810, pretty much like the Galaxy Note 9. Also, the Galaxy S9 Plus has a 6GB RAM to boot, which makes it an incredible performer both in the game and out.

However, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus aren’t all about the just powerful chipset. They have a sharp 1440 X 2960 massive display (5.8-inch for S9 and 6.2-inch for S9 Plus), which are super AMOLED and can support HDR10 for stunning visuals.

The new Galaxy duo also features Samsung’s Game Tools, which is very handy for taking screenshots, recording gameplay, and managing notifications. Still, it would have been amazing if Samsung had jacked up the battery life of these smartphones.

Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

5.Asus Zenfone 4 Pro

Since we’re talking about gaming, let’s not forget about Asus Zenfone 4 Pro. Even though it was released a year ago, it is still a very appealing gaming phone.

With its 5.5-inch Full HD and AMOLED display, the Zenfone 4 Pro is quite the performer and offers visuals that are top notch. It is running Snapdragon 835 chipset and performs admirably at Full HD. It has a lower resolution compared to other gaming phones on this list, but it just means that focus is put into ensuring a smooth gameplay and better graphics.

Asus Zenfone 4 Pro

Also, since it has a smaller display, its 3,600mAh battery can last for a long time. The Zenfone 4 Pro is available with 64GB and 128GB storage capacity, which means lots of room for games, movies, or anything else. It is indeed a great choice, especially with its very appealing price.


AdminSeptember 12, 2018
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Prior to 2011, several developers have already applied the theme of “last man standing” or battle royale to numerous games, but it wasn’t until early April of 2012 when it became a worldwide phenomenon. Minecraft, which was inspired by the Hunger Games films, was the first known game to offer battle royale modes to its players.

Soon after that, many other games such as DayZ, Rust, PUBG, and Fortnite began popping out and growing quickly in popularity. This year, another battle Royale-themed mobile game entitled Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 has been released under SEGA Games Co., Ltd., a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2

Brief Game Introduction

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 is a spinoff of Shin Megami Tensei, which is a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game developed and published by Atlus. The game is set in modern day Tokyo and appears to have an apocalyptic feel to it.

A player starts off as a “Liberator”, that is, someone who is capable of summoning demons using their phone and commanding them in battle in order to fight the dark forces that are bent on eliminating humankind. At the outset, players are given their very own collection of demons that they can freely use in battle.

Operating out of a hideout, players can then choose from a wide range of options for leveling up their demons. Aside from undertaking main story missions, players can also choose to complete event missions, which are worldwide events that are rolled out during certain dates.

Shin Megami Tensei

Storyline and Battle Modes

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 stars some young people that are fighting off a demonic invasion, one of whom is a famous YouTube star who turns to social media in order to get some leads. As a player, you join the group as a newcomer and is immediately assigned to investigate demonic disturbances in Akihabara.

The game is a mix of dialogue-heavy storylines and series of battles. Now, the story is split into tiny chapters, which is ideal for a mobile game and can be considered both ridiculous and dark, which are characteristics that are present in every game in the series. Personally, I believe that the scenarios are extremely well-written, which is owing to the talents of Makoto Fukami, and I believe that will hook players to keep on playing the game.

The sequences mostly aren’t interactive, but they are detailed and look really great. The game also presents players with a diverse cast that they will surely come to love. Most of it, of course, is thanks to Tatsuro Iwamoto, who designed the characters and is well-known for his work on the Ace Attorney series.

Meanwhile, the battles themselves give the feeling of a classic SMT although it is streamlined for the mobile experience. Most monsters and moves are kind of familiar, as well as the trial-and-error element where you need to try and find the enemy’s weak point in order to succeed. In addition, the controls are great as it even lets you play with one hand in portrait mode.

In-app Purchases

Since the game is free-to-play, there are bound to be some in-app purchases offerings that will help generate some income for the developers, that is, aside from the ads that frequently pops on the screen.

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Of course, you can always choose not to purchase anything. In case you do decide to purchase some gems, which is one of the game’s currencies, the rate for 90 gems is $3, which I think is a bit expensive. Also, you will notice that there are times when the game is obviously trying to get you to spend some money. For instance, it will offer some form of discounts or some limited edition grabs, which I think will appeal more to players who are extremely competitive and obviously rich.

Overall, the game has the two most important elements, which are story and combat, neatly in place. It offers great graphics and is easy to play, which I think is necessary for a great mobile game experience.


AdminSeptember 6, 2018
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Whether we’re out commuting, taking our afternoon breaks, or simply just having a lazy day at home, some of us indulge ourselves in mobile games. Surprisingly, playing mobile games can provide us with lots of cognitive benefits.

While we are tapping and swiping on our mobile screen, we unknowingly improve our hand-eye coordination as well as other skills like problem-solving, memory, concentration, multitasking, and social skills. On top of that, playing mobile games can ease some of our stress and make us feel relaxed.

Below you will find some of the best mobile games that are readily downloadable for Android and iOS in 2018. Here they are in no particular order:

Free Mobile Games

PUBG

PUBG, which stands for PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, is an online multiplayer battle royale game that is developed and published by PUBG Corporation. In this game, 100 players are pitted against each other on a vast island that is filled with weapons, ammo, tactical gear, and vehicles. A player starts either as a solo player or as part of a team. The goal is to become the last one standing by taking down the other players.

PUBG runs really well on a smartphone since the developers have made it easier for players to pick up and manage items. As a bonus, they also added bots in the lowest ranks in order to help ease players into the game experience. The touch controls are also the best that there is for a shooter on mobile.

Incidentally, PUBG also lets its players scale back the graphics so that they could enjoy smooth gameplay even when playing on an older device. So, you could always expect that PUBG will provide you with epic moments. On top of it all, the game is free to play and devoid of any in-app purchases.

PUBG

Fortnite

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play battle royale video game that is developed and published by Epic Games. It is originally a PC and console game but was later also developed into a mobile game.

The mobile version of the game has the same map and the same 100-player battles, and so the tactics you’ve grown accustomed to could definitely be of some help. The graphics, of course, isn’t as good as the PC version. It is a bit difficult to see movements in a distance using a smaller screen. In addition, some players might experience some performance issues at times, but there is one good thing about the game: there is an indicator that shows players the direction of gunfire, which is really handy when you don’t have headphones or earphones.

The mobile game isn’t the best version of Fortnite, but if you’re looking for something interesting and challenging to play when you’re on the go, then you should consider trying the mobile version of Fortnite.

Fortnite Battle Royale

Stranger Things: The Game

Stranger Things: The Game is the official game for Stranger Things, which is the result of a partnership between Netflix and BonusXP. It is purely an action adventure game that features a full cast of playable characters, lots of collectibles, and a retro graphical design that coincides with the theme and setting of the said show.

In the game, you will be able to see the entire town of Hawkins, Indiana along with the adjacent Mirkwood Forest. The gameplay is similar to the classic Zelda game in the sense that a player could switch between characters.

Stranger Things: The Game

 

In addition, the controls work great since the developers have obviously optimized it for mobile gaming. There are just too many things to appreciate in this game. Not only does it completely represent the show, it’s also free-to-play with no in-app purchases or ads. On second thought, I guess you could count the game itself as an ad for season two of Stranger Things.

Other games that are able to fit in our list are Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, South Park: Phone Destroyer, Animal Crossing, Super Mario Run, Plague Inc., Trials Frontier, Egg Inc., Stupid Zombies 3: Dying Light, and Crossy Road.


AdminJuly 4, 2018
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The Rubik’s Cube, which started to become popular in the 80s, will be getting an upgrade: it will have a Bluetooth connection.

Given the name “GoCube“, the classic toy transforms into a smartly connected cube that promises to open up stimulating new play experiences and features for all players.

Evolution of the Rubik’s Cube

The Rubik’s Cube, which is originally called the “Magic Cube”, is a 3D combination puzzle invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik and was licensed to be sold by Ideal Toy Corporation. It is a puzzle that can often be daunting for new players.

On each side of the classic Rubik’s Cube, there are usually nine boxes, with each side having a different color. There are six solid colors used for the classic Rubik’s cube: white, red, blue, green, orange, and yellow.

By 2009, over 300 million cubes had been sold worldwide, which makes it the world’s top-selling puzzle game. Undeniably, it is globally known as the world’s bestselling toy.

Although over the years, similar puzzles have been produced with various numbers of sides, dimensions, and colors, not all of them are by Rubik.

Rubik’s Cube is still known and widely used today, even though it already reached its height of mainstream popularity back in the 80s. Many speedcubers still continue to practice it and compete for the fastest times in different categories.

The World Cube Association, the Rubik’s Cube international central body, organizes competitions worldwide and kept the official world records.

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Creation of the GoCube

In May 2016, the idea for GoCube was born. After a few months of tinkering, technological solutions came together and a group of experts started working on wired prototypes. By November 2016, the first prototype was ready.

In April of last year, the second prototype was made fully functional. The company also started working on the mobile app’s design and functionality.

A few months later, the third prototype, a modernized GoCube design, was ready. The first Mini games were also added to the mobile application.

In February this year, fully functional prototypes and the first demo online battle was a success. And just recently, Kickstarter launched their first campaign of the GoCube.

 

GoCube, Rubik’s Cube for Serious Players

The GoCube works in a couple of different fundamental ways. One such way is providing a more accessible entry point into the world of Rubik’s Cube, keeping track of your cube solving through a virtual re-creation on your mobile device, which allows you to examine your moves, progress, statistics, and even gain access to step-by-step tutorials. GoCube also implemented mechanisms that enable its movements to be fast and smooth.

In addition, it also turns the experience into a multiplayer game by opening up features like online battles, shared leaderboards, live competitions, and more. All these features make the GoCube as anyone’s go-to cube, regardless of their experience, whether one is a seasoned veteran or a fresh-faced newbie with the Rubik’s Cube.

GoCube definitely does take cubing to the next level. According to its creator, Udi Dor, “GoCube doesn’t change the basic game; it improves and modernizes the overall experience, making it modern, accessible, intuitive, measurable, and most importantly, globally connected and socialized.”

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AdminJune 14, 2018
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Ever since its birth in the 1950s, gaming has blossomed into one of the most profitable and entertaining industries in the world. And indeed, gaming has become so integrated with the modern popular culture that now even our grandparents know what a video game or even Angry Bird is. Gaming has become a part of some people’s routine, and it’s absolutely difficult to stumble upon someone who hasn’t tried playing a video game before.

Ever since the information age, where there was a rapid shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought via industrialization to an economy based on information technology, there have been countless video games being developed. Among them is Active Shooter, a video game where you can roam the halls and other parts of a school with an assault rifle and simulate a school shooting. In fact, it encourages players to open fire inside classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, and auditoriums. It is quite horrifying how this measly video game could actually encourage real-world attacks.

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A Dangerous Video Game Emerges

Active Shooter was first advertised in the aftermath of a recent mass shooting in a Texan school. The ill-advised video game, based on a video posted online, would let you play either as a SWAT team member focused on stopping the school shooting or as the actual shooter. The developer of the video game, I believe, thought that this might be a great idea to profit from.

The video game, developed by Revived Games, marketed it as a dynamic SWAT simulator and was supposed to be released early this June through Steam, a multi-player platform developed by Valve Corporation that is used to distributing games and related media online. Fortunately, after the public shared their outrage over the development of the game, Valve Corporation took it down.

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A Troll for Valve

A Valve spokesperson said in an official statement, “We have removed the developer Revived Games and publisher ACID from Steam. This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as “Interactive” and “Elusive Team”. Ata is a troll with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation. His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title. We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve.”

What’s really shocking about all of this is that Valve removed the video game from Steam not because of its content, but rather because of the previous actions of the developer and publisher. What also comes as a surprise is a reason why such a video game got approved in the first place.

In the end, the important thing is that the dangerous games was taken down and wasn’t released to the market. It would have been horrendous if young teens and children got hold of such a game. What may seem like a harmless video game at first could eventually promote violence and murder.

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